Turn your old electronics boxes inside out

During my increasingly epic clear-out, I’ve come across lots of old electronics boxes like this one, because I inexplicably have the habit of keeping such boxes “just in case”.

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I was going to recycle them as cardboard, until I realised that I could turn them inside out and use them as storage units for small objects like USB cables and mains adaptors.

Open the box:

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Notice that the sides are folded over — that’s why their insides are not plan like the rest of the inside. Pop the tabs at the bottom out of their slots, and the whole box opens flat:

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Turn it over:

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Fold the front and back up to vertical. Then you can fold one of the sides back over itself and set its tabs back into the slots:

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And do the same with the other side:

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Then you can close the box:

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And slide the retaining tabs at the front into the side gaps.

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This particular box is now in play as the repository for all my USB cables:

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I’ve done this with half a dozen old hardware boxes. Much more satisfying that just throwing them away.

One response to “Turn your old electronics boxes inside out

  1. A great tip; I started doing this a cople years back. I’d come to the realization that one cannot hoard forever, that ones interests do change over time, that its handy to turn older gear into some $ to get newer gear more relevent to todays interests .. ebay and kijiji and other services can really help ‘rescue’ some gear and give it a good new home, and get you some trades or $. So, use old boxes to store bits, get rid of other stuff. Win win!

    (I ended up also opening up a lot of old electronics .. very old stereo gear is quite valuable and arguably can be better quality than todays top gear. Replace a few capacitors and clean some dials, good to go! Or old computing gear, liek routers, motherboards, etc .. theres a lot of good power supplies, chokes, heatsinks, fans, edge connector slots, etc etc .. get a heat gun (a hotter hair drier really) and melt off a lot of that stuff, and you can quickly get a good stock of valuable parts for electronics projects .. every kid needs a dad who owns a laser!)

    Make the best use of your space, and don’t keep your beloved but unused stuff forever …

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